Unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with water can help slow or block the digestion of starches in the gut, according to WebMD. Beneficial bacteria are then able to feed on the starches, promoting a healthier digestive system.
While vinegar is safe to ingest and many different varieties appear in the pantry, apple cider vinegar and water are believed speed up weight loss and lower blood sugar, reports WebMD. People should dilute apple cider vinegar before ingesting it; its acidity can harm the enamel on teeth.
Because of its acidity, WebMD suggests mixing 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water and sipping it along with meals. For maximum benefits, people looking to add apple cider vinegar into their diets should look for the vinegar mother in a bottle. The mother appears as a cloudy blob that is full of probiotics and beneficial bacteria. It occurs naturally as a side effect of the vinegar bacteria, says the Vinegar Institute, and is made of cellulose. Pasteurization prevents the mother from forming.
Vinegar can be made from anything that includes sugar, according to the Vinegar Institute. Although it contains acetic acid, vinegar also contains vitamins and mineral salt.